Wishmaster (1997)

Director:wishmaster

Robert Kurtzman

Writer:

Peter Atkins

Cast:

Tammy Lauren – Alexandra Amberson
Andrew Divoff – The Djinn / Nathaniel Demerest
Robert England – Raymond Beaumont
Christ Lemmon – Nick Merritt
Wendy Benson-Landes – Shannon Amberson
Tony Crane – Josh Aickman
Jenny O’Hara – Wendy Derleth
Kane Hodder – Merritt’s Guard
Tony Todd – Johnny Valentine

 

Wishmaster was not a franchise that I am all that familiar too. It came out in 1997 and managed to actually do some decent business in the box office. If it makes over 15 million in the US alone by the end of the year making it #3 at the time but the big question remained for me. Was this a movie worth watching?

We start out with some back story… they even have text to say exactly what the heck is going on in the world they are attempting to build.

“Once, in a time before time, God breathed life into the universe. And the light gave birth to Angels. And the earth gave birth to man. And the fire gave birth to the djinn, creatures condemned to dwell in the void between the worlds. One who wakes a djinn shall be given three wishes. Upon the granting of the third, the unholy legions of the djinn shall be freed upon the earth. Fear one thing only in all that is... fear the djinn.”

Now this is an interesting twist on the whole thing, it’s nice to see that we get the idea of genie but without the Disney spin on the whole thing. Now this thing gets trapped in a stone way back in the past, only to set free because a drunken crane operator drops the statue he is imprisoned in. Now if the person who comes in contact with the djinn first makes three wishes it bring the end of the world… but he has to get some of his power back first, which is the point of the rest of the movie.

We really get a star studded cast in this film. Andrew Divoff plays the role of the djinn, he is fantastic in that role. I really don’t know what he is about him but he plays a great villain.  We also have Robert Englund, Kane Hodder and Tony Todd. Now they don’t play huge roles in the film but it was great seeing them, after seeing them in so many different roles I always get excited to see in any capacity. Now the rest of the cast really aren’t the big names I would have expected with these kinds of all stars. Tammy Lauren was the man lead for example and I can’t say that I really have seen her in anything since.

The kills in this film are really hit or miss which sucks. Most of them come in the form of wishes, the best effects in the film are right in the beginning where you learn just how dangerous the djinn while the worst was a guard that had the worst CG I have seen in awhile.  I would try to explain it but the wish was for the djinn to try to walk right through him. In the end I really cant say that the kills make or break the film but at some points there are some decent effects.

The best part of the movie for me was Divoff playing as a human, he come off so creepy in his line delivery. Funny enough I was just watching him in a CSI: Miami episode and he is definitely made to be a bad guy and he is the one who shines in this movie. Some of the practical effects in the beginning are pretty good, and it is noticeably better than some of the other movies at the time. Sadly some of the other effects (practical and CG) can be some of the worst I have seen as well.

In the end this movie is something that should really only be watched by those who feel the need to watch horror movies like I do. I love to talk about all of the movies I have seen and this one is added to the list because it seems people have forgotten this one. There is some great actors in it but the rest were really not that great. The effects were hit or miss and the dialog is not that great… avoid if you are searching the for something that will actually scare you .

Grade: D

Grade: D

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